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White House press secretary Jen Psaki insists that some schools are being “creative” in the name of safety by making kids eat lunch outside in cold weather, a requirement that is working just fine in her family and is supposedly supported by most parents.
When asked at a presser about these kinds of strict rules in some schoolhouses, Psaki said, in part, “schools are taking steps, especially since we’ve only recently approved through the CDC and FDA vaccines for 5-11 year olds, they’re not approved for kids younger than that, to keep their kids safe, and to keep students safe. I will tell you, I have a three-year-old who goes to school, sits outside for snacks and lunch, wears a mask inside, and it’s no big deal to him.
“I’m not saying that’s the case for everybody, but these are steps that schools are taking to keep kids safe. And I think the vast majority of parents appreciate that…And some of these steps, creative steps, that schools have taken have enabled that to be possible,” she added, noting that the ultimate goal is the return to “a version” of normalcy.
Outkick founder Clay Travis is one of many who gave Psaki a failing grade, however, for her presumptions: “Jenn Psaki defending kids being forced to eat outside in the bitter cold while socially distanced is absolute insanity. There’s no science at all that supports this. It’s pure madness.”
Jenn Psaki defending kids being forced to eat outside in the bitter cold while socially distanced is absolute insanity. There’s no science at all that supports this. It’s pure madness. pic.twitter.com/7vK0wSSwOD
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 11, 2021
The subject may have come up after a video from the Libs of TikTok Twitter account went viral, as it were, and purportedly showed Portland kindergartners eating lunch outside when the temperature was 40 degrees, describing the social distancing condition as “child abuse.”
Kindergarteners in Portland school are forced to each lunch outdoors in 40 degree weather to properly social distance. This is child abuse. pic.twitter.com/y5n9NeDRIG
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) December 8, 2021
In the COVID-19 era in which following the science has become dogma, the concepts of what constitutes safety or staying safe seemed to have nonetheless practically become devoid of all meaning, especially since most data apparently indicates that school children are at very low risk for the coronavirus.
Common sense suggests, however, that kids are presumably at high risk for catching a cold or worse if school officials around the country send them out into chilly weather during meals.
Reacting to the above Psaki presser comments, journalist David Zweig, who writes for very liberal outlets such as New York magazine and The Atlantic, called out Psaki for what he deemed misinformation in this context. “Unvaccinated kids are at *lower* risk than vaccinated adults, who have the liberty to eat indoors at tables and talk,” he asserted on Twitter.
In August, Zweig published an article in the aforementioned New York magazine headlined “The Science of Masking Kids at School Remains Uncertain,” in which he analyzed an underpublicized CDC report about the Georgia’s elementary schools.
“Distancing, hybrid models, classroom barriers, HEPA filters, and, most notably, requiring student masking were each found to not have a statistically significant benefit. In other words, these measures could not be said to be effective,” the article claimed.
Liberal New York Mag cites large study suggesting no clear benefit from school mask mandates https://t.co/5SzAFuN16g
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 24, 2021
Given the chilly reception to her comments, Psaki might have to circle back and issue a clarification. In the meantime, social media users are turning up the heat on Joe Biden’s principal spokesperson. Here is just a sampling:
The worst part is cheering the “creativity.” We don’t need creativity, we need leadership that explains the relative lack of risk to kids accurately. Creativity is why my son’s school has plastic dividers in the cafeteria which we know are ineffective.
— Ryan Connell (@connellryan1) December 11, 2021
also, how does she know her 3yo is fine with it? Maybe she can’t understand him because he’s masked?
— Sarah Hopkins (@SarahGenetics) December 11, 2021
also pls share data on “vast majority of parents” Psaki. Would love to see these data.
— Sarah Hopkins (@SarahGenetics) December 11, 2021
I can go to a coffee shop and sit unmasked for hours, but my eight year old has to eat silent lunch because science. Amazing
— Mandy Henderly (@MandyHenderly) December 11, 2021
Her 3 year old has only known life with masks. That’s the sad part. Of course the child is fine with it.
— Brian Pellens, PhD in landing on feet (@BrianPellens) December 11, 2021
I am so sick of this safetyism at the expense of mental health. This ridiculous desire for Democrats to “do something” – nomatter how ridiculous – is why they are losing elections. @PressSec, nobody cares what your three year old thinks. We care about big picture health/wellness.
— Calm Cosmo (@calmcosmo) December 11, 2021
So kids have almost no chance of dying from covid, but it “safer and better for thier health” if they stay outside to eat when it is 40′. They have a better chance of dying from hypothermia than covid.
— Bowdystuda (@DerrickFinbow) December 11, 2021
Wait – you make kids eat outside when it’s freezing this time of year in DC – might need to call social services in for a consultation…
— Tommy (@BourbonTommy) December 11, 2021
No, this is to teach kids compliance very early on when they are not with their parents. This sounds like pre prison camp so dissent is less in a few years.
Healthy kids are not at risk with Covid. This is known & respected in other countries based on how they treat kids.
— Seeking Truth (@TruthKms8103) December 11, 2021
Her belief that the “vast majority” support this stuff is HILARIOUS. Her head is fully buried in the sand
— Chris Munce (@chrismunce) December 11, 2021
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